UK Cyber Security Challenge winner Stephen Miller has added his voice to the numerous calls for cyber security to be in the UK curriculum to help boost the nation's ability to ward off the threat of cyber attacks.
Miller won the competition on Sunday, beating 40 other participants in the competition's final challenge.
He works as a lab team manager at an unnamed major pharmaceutical company by day and outside of an A-level in IT has no formal computer training.
Miller told V3 the competition had taught him how important good cyber security is for business, lamenting the fact that it is not taught to young Britons.
"The A-level didn't give me any cyber security background. It was quite a while ago now, around 2002 and 2003, there was a bit of coding and a bit of low level structure and machine language but nothing on web based stuff or any internet technologies. I can't say now whether that's on the curriculum without looking at the syllabuses, but if they haven't added it they should do," Miller told V3.
"It makes you understand what could happen if you don't adopt good practices throughout your organisation. It's no good if just the IT guy looks at it.
"It needs to move from a business point of view where you learn things like Word and Excel to actually getting back to the base stuff. Things like Raspberry Pi will help, but we need to get cyber security in there earlier too."
The challenge winner said that by adding security to the curriculum, people would generally understand why security policies are in place and thus be more likely to follow them.
"I think to a certain degree it's a bit about knowing what everyone else is doing. You take a lot of things for granted in policy, thing like password management and regular update cycles and having to change them all. You generally take those as inconvenience, but then you learn why it's important to change them all," said Miller.
Miller's comments follow widespread reports that the UK is suffering a shortage of skilled cyber security professionals.
Earlier in 2013 the UK government pledged to increase young people's interest in cyber security as a career as a part of its ongoing Cyber Strategy.
The National Audit Office (NAO) has since questioned the strategy's effectiveness, warning that despite the government's efforts the cyber skills gap is till costing the nation roughly £27bn a year.
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